Packets of duck sauce
|Literal meaning||sour prune sauce|
Duck sauce (or orange sauce) is a condiment with a sweet and sour flavor and a translucent orange appearance similar to a thin jelly. Offered at American Chinese restaurants, it is used as a dip for deep-fried dishes such as wonton strips, spring rolls, egg rolls, duck, chicken, fish, or with rice or noodles. It is often provided in single-serving packets along with soy sauce, mustard, hot sauce or red chili powder. It may be used as a glaze on foods, such as poultry. Despite its name, the sauce is not prepared using duck meat.
It is probably called "duck sauce" because a version of it was first served with Peking duck in China, a dish which has been served there for hundreds of years. When Chinese immigrants immigrated to the U.S. created Chinese dishes that would appeal more to the American palate, they created a sweeter version of the sauce used in China.
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